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Keeping the center of nursing alive: a framework for preceptor discernment and accountability.

Authors
  • Paton, Brenda I
  • Binding, Linda
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
Publisher
"SLACK, Inc."
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2009
Volume
40
Issue
3
Pages
115–120
Identifiers
PMID: 19326818
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This research served to explicate the profile of the nurse preceptor and illuminate the knowledge that nurse preceptors accrue while teaching students in the final clinical practicum. The analysis of the descriptive survey, sent to approximately 770 preceptors, along with the interpretive analysis of 16 focus groups and 5 interviews, revealed understandings of discovering, learning, and engaging as central to the relational elements of professional discernment and accountability. Preceptor discernment is essential to ensuring competent nursing practice for student nurses preparing for entry-level practice. Dissemination of the findings is suggested through the creation of an educational framework reflective of, relevant to, and used by nurse preceptors that may be used in both practice and academic settings.

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